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Monday, April 28, 2014

Bleecker Street Line: The Last Horse Car Line in New York City

Source:  Linder, B.  " Bleecker Street Line:  The Last Horse Car Line in New York City"  In New York Division Bulletin, Electric Railroaders' Association, Vol. 32, No. 2, February, 1989, p.6.

The map below as presented by B. Linder, is as of 1907.  The line started as a horse car line in 1864 and was never converted to electricity or battery.  The line opened for traffic as of 1866 and there is not a complete record of the route changes.  In 1898, the line reached the 23rd Street ferry and around 1903, was from 14th Street and 9th Avenue to Broadway via Bleecker and return via West 4th Street.  The line was discontinued on July 26, 1917.  Many of the smaller lines in Manhattan did not have enough traffic to warrant it to be converted to electric conduit.  Some lines ran on battery power only and some experiments were conducted with compressed air.  With the opening of new subway lines around this time, the line was abandoned even though it was a crosstown line.  Shall we say that this was the beginning of the end?

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